Announcing Our Lent 2017 Book Selection

We are delighted to announce that Adam: God’s Beloved has been selected for our Lent 2017 Nouwen Online Book Discussion.

On Ash Wednesday, March 1st, our welcoming and capable facilitators Brynn Lawrence and Ray Glennon will get things going with greetings and introductions.

Readings will begin on Sunday, March 5th and continue until April 13th.

Be sure to join us throughout Lent for engaging and inspired discussion of this classic Nouwen book.


In the year before his death in 1996, Henri Nouwen had planned writing a book exploring the Apostles’ Creed. His plans changed when he learned of the death of his friend Adam, a severely handicapped young man from the L’Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill, Ontario, where Nouwen lived. Through telling the story of Adam, Henri found a way to describe his own understanding of the Gospel message.

Adam could not speak or even move without assistance. Gripped by frequent seizures, he spent his life in obscurity. Yet, for Nouwen, Adam “became my friend, by teacher, my guide.” It was Adam who led Nouwen to a new understanding of faith and what it means to be Beloved of God.

This book is a gift. It reads like a walk with a friend. – P.B.

As usual, Nouwen doesn’t disappoint. He has a novel way of thinking
that gives me to a new appreciation for my faith.
– Carole

Completed only weeks before his own death, Adam: God’s Beloved became Nouwen’s final, precious gift – and a fitting summation of his own message and legacy.

Adam: God’s Beloved is available at many bookstores as well as the HNS online bookstore, the publisher’s website, and most other online book retailers, including and

Facilitators’ Note:  Participants in our Advent discussion of Love, Henri may have expected to read the remainder of Henri’s letters during Lent.  Brynn and Ray both thought that it would be worthwhile to discuss a book Henri conceived and wrote for a specific purpose before returning to his letters.  We selected Adam: God’s Beloved because it tells the story of Henri’s relationship with Adam; relationship was central to Henri’s life and ministry, as was readily apparent during our Advent discussion.  We are planning to return to Love, Henri for our Advent discussion this fall.